If we spend any time at all engaging with our culture, even at a distance, we encounter ignorance and arrogance on a regular basis. Whether scrolling through social media or just listening to the news, we can’t avoid it. It’s ubiquitous, in every niche of society, but especially in the political realm.
How can we say that with such confidence? Because it is so obvious. We can point to one example after another of those who disagree with us or spout some ridiculous statement. That they can believe something so contrary to our own position shows how wrong they are.
What’s the Difference?
Guilty? It is all too easy, isn’t it, to fall into that trap? We can criticize someone else for this sort of negligent thinking but fail to recognize how often we may do exactly the same thing. The other guy is wrong, or stupid, or whatever simply because he holds a different view from us. Not because he has neglected to look at the facts fairly or considered the evidence impartially.
Is your opponent thinking the same thing about you? Are you wrong, according to him, simply because you differ in your assessment of a situation or the best resolution? Who says either of you is right? Maybe, you are both wrong. Not just because you may have different answers to the questions but because you are asking the wrong questions in the first place.
Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, progressives and populists, moderates and centrists, and even most of those who call themselves constitutionalists — they never have the right answers because they never ask the right questions.
Aside from what amounts to a rounding error from other parties, when it comes to politics in this country, there are two: Democrats and Republicans. Most people, if asked, would probably say there are major differences between them, perhaps citing what they see as proof.
What they usually don’t see is how similar they actually are. Sure, they may hold particular issues in higher regard and call for dissimilar measures as solutions. But, in the big picture, they are more alike than disparate in essence. The end result is always more government and less liberty.Aside from what amounts to a rounding error from other parties, when it comes to politics in this country, there are two: Democrats and Republicans...What they usually don't see is how similar they actually are. Click To Tweet
Asking the Right Questions
We have quoted Laurence Vance before on libertarian issues to consider. His most recent article is devastating in its denunciation of both “liberal” and “conservative” policies and the distinctly positive libertarian alternatives. Here are some questions he addresses.
- Marijuana legalization
- Minimum wage
- Social Security
- Gun-control laws
- Foreign aid
- Universal basic income
- Food stamps
- Art subsidies
- Family leave
- Anti-discrimination laws
All of those questions are irrelevant, says the libertarian. The government should never take money from some Americans and redistribute it to other Americans.
Be sure to read the whole thing at Asking the Wrong Questions.